While we’re all familiar with the long-term effects excessive drinking can have on the skin (rapid aging, dullness, skin irritability and sensitivity), you might-or might not- be surprised to learn that there are many immediate and highly noticeable effects that begin to show when the hangover sets in. A strong diuretic, alcohol is notably dehydrating, meaning, you’re not the only thirsty one when you wake up in the morning- your skin is deprived of moisture and water, too, desperate to be replenished.
This dryness gives the skin a dull, tired and generally unhealthy appearance. So, the first thing you should do when you wake up, look in the mirror and notice that your skin took a hard hit during your fun night out- save it with intense hydration. You will notice instant relief with the right products.
You might also notice the morning after your revelries that you look unusually puffy, and this is because alcohol is a supreme inflammatory. Inflammation can cause immense damage to our skin’s health and appearance if gone unmitigated. Chronic inflammation is known to precede premature aging, skin irritability and sensitivity, breakouts and more serious skin conditions. Busting that inflammation during your hangover skincare routine is a must.
The high sugar content in alcohol and drinks is the silent enemy of a healthy, soothed and youthful glow. Sugar causes high levels of inflammation throughout the body (hence the post-party puffiness), while also increasing the body’s natural oil production, resulting in breakouts and unregulated skin.
Then there’s the problem of poor sleep quality, which is responsible for the raised cortisol levels that trigger further inflammation and disrupt your skin’s natural cellular and regenerative process, resulting in premature aging, compromised elasticity and a dull, tired appearance. And then there’s falling asleep in your make up, which prevents the skin from performing the natural healing and rejuvenating processes that prevent fine lines, wrinkles, and a rough, dull complexion caused by the disrupted cellular turnover and stifled collagen production provoked by sleeping in your makeup.
But while this all seems terrifyingly unavoidable, there are some great solutions to help you relax and know that it will all be okay with a little preparation and post-maintenance. Among drinking a ton of water throughout your night of fun and opting for the drinks leaning toward less sugar, we have compiled the best hangover skin cures SHEN has to offer! It’s also worth saying that the more consistent you are with moisturizing, replenishing and protecting the skin on a regular basis, the more resilient your skin will be when faced with a hangover.
If you could use just one product to rejuvenate both skin and eyes, this is it. Your gateway to an instant glowing transformation, this supercharged serum visibly lifts, helps reduce the appearance of puffiness, and evens tone as it helps protect skin’s youth. The elegant elixir absorbs in a flash, delivering an optimal balance of moisture and nutrition to leave the eye area and face nourished, soothed, and renewed.
This next generation Hyaluronic Acid serum is clinically proven to hydrate the skin over 12 hours after just one application. The unique triple weight blend is proven to immediately plump the skin, and helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
A sextuple award-winning face mask clinically proven to hydrate the skin over 12 hours after one application, as well as immediately plump the skin. Pro-Vitamin B5 and antioxidant-rich Olive Oil and Rice Fractions help condition and protect. Pistachio, Pumpkin Seed and Avocado Oils replenish the skin's natural moisture barrier for smooth, supple skin.
A set of 5 sheet masks for intense hydration and de-puffing. Made with innovative hydrogel to cool, soothe, and boost skin’s elasticity, this mask nourishes and soothes sensitive skin. strengthens the skin barrier, deeply hydrates, and replenishes for a silky, soft finish. The result is instantly smooth egg-like elastic skin.
With marine collagen, biotin and the antioxidant rich benefits of green tea, this “facial in a glass” will not only supply your body with essential nutrients, strength and energy- but with supple, smooth and firm skin, stronger, thicker nails and hair, and an overall healthy glow that keep you coming back for more!
A deeply hydrating, calming moisture cream powered by nutrient dense herbs and holy basil. Soothing, intensely hydrating and decadently replenishing, this cream is a medicine cabinet essential for those mornings you need an extra burst of moisture and nourishment.